The NCAA tournament we lost last season has been found — and will be different than any previous such event.
The realities of the coronavirus pandemic mean the 2021 NCAA tournament will be held at a single destination – the state of Indiana – with multiple venues utilized and the usual tournament schedule adjusted. The Final Four is slated to be held at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3 and 5, but uncertainty will continue to reign following a regular season characterized by numerous cancellations and postponements throughout college basketball.
What is expected to remain familiar is the selection of a 68-team field, which is where Joe Lunardi comes in. Joey Brackets will continue to perform the bracket math and make projections on the field until Selection Sunday on March 14. For a deeper look at the NCAA tournament bubble, visit John Gasaway’s Bubble Watch (ESPN+) . — ESPN college basketball staff
One would think the blue bloods have learned a lesson. If they are ever again in position to schedule nonleague “replacement” games at the end of the season, they should take a hard pass. A week ago, North Carolina was embarrassed by Marquette and cost itself a full seed line. Thursday night, Kansas tried the same thing with UTEP and nearly paid the price. The Miners led for 38 minutes before the Jayhawks completed a late rally to escape with a win. A loss could very well have dropped KU out of a top-four seed.